New day surgery unit will be built at Grantham Hospital

The oldest part of Grantham Hospital, which ULHT plans to demolish. EMN-140109-155535001

The oldest part of Grantham Hospital, which ULHT plans to demolish. EMN-140109-155535001

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The chief executive of the trust which runs Grantham Hospital has confirmed that a new day surgery will be built on the site and said the future of the hospital is secure.

Jane Lewington confirmed the news at the annual meeting of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust last night in Boston.

Coun Ray Wootten, who represents Grantham North on the county council, questioned Mrs Lewington over the proposal to demolish the Old Hospital at the front of the site and whether a day surgery unit was to be built.

Coun Wootten said he welcomed the news on day surgery. He said: “I am determined that Grantham has good facilities to serve the local community. I know that there are many changes the trust have to make but I am not going to take my eye off the ball and I will do all I can to ensure that residents’ views are taken into account.”

Councillor Wootten also said that he has had talks with the trust and South Kesteven District Council officers over the plan. Many positive things came out of the meeting last night including new ways of providing emergency care and the new Neighbourhood Teams which is being trialled elsewhere.

But he said the most important news for Grantham is that the Chief Executive stated once again that Grantham Hospital is “both safe and secure and has a bright future”.

Mrs Lewington said the Trust was aware of the emotion and strong feeling among Grantham people especially as people in the town had contributed to the hospital in the past. She then said she would not be against the idea of using reclaimed stone from the old hospital to be incorporated into the new build.